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Here Are Computer Parts Left Over After The Guardian Smashed Hard Drives Over Snowden Leaks

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"The remains of a Macbook that held information leaked by Edward Snowden to the Guardian and was destroyed at the behest of the UK government."

The Guardian office in London says it decided to destroy computer hard drives  containing copies of NSA documents leaked by  Edward Snowden after the UK government threatened legal action that could have suspended its reporting on government surveillance operations detailed in the documents .  

And here's Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger tweeting it out:

Here's a Guardian MacBook Pro after dismemberment to the highest UK Government standards pic.twitter.com/TTY0llr46R

— alan rusbridger (@arusbridger) August 20, 2013

 In a post explaining the decision, Rusbridger said:

The intelligence men stood over [two Guardian employees] as they went to work on the hard drives and memory chips with angle grinders and drills, pointing out the critical points on circuit boards to attack. They took pictures as the debris was swept up but took nothing away.

Rusbridger notes that the pile of parts " includes with a bit of PC mixed in."

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